A waitress at a cafe in the city of Verdun claims to have seen a missing female Japanese exchange student two weeks after her disappearance earlier this month, reports TV Asahi (Dec. 29).
French newspaper L’Est Républicain quotes the waitress as saying that she is certain that Narumi Kurosaki, 21, who is currently enrolled at the University of Franche-Comte in the city of Besancon, located in eastern France, visited the cafe on the evening of December 19.
“I’m sure it was her,” she said. “I took her hand and asked, ‘Are you fine?’ She responded, ‘Don’t worry about me.’ She looked incredibly emaciated.”
Kurosaki, a native of Tokyo who regularly attends the University of Tsukuba, was last seen on December 4, when she took a dance class. It is also known that Kurosaki and a man wanted in the case, aged in his 20s, dined together in a suburb of Bescancon that night, with the pair later returning together to her school dormitory.
Several students living in the same dormitory heard a scream late at night on December 4. However, no traces of blood or evidence of a struggle have been found inside Kurosaki’s room.
Verdun is located about 350 kilometers from Besancon. Police last week first announced that Kurosaki had gone missing. They have been notified of the claims of the waitress, who had previously received a photograph of Kurosaki from a friend.
One reason the waitress is certain that she saw Kurosaki was the black moles on her face. “They left a particular impression,” she said. “Therefore, I knew instantly that she was the girl I met.”
The waitress added that Kurosaki, carrying a large shopping bag, wept while talking on the phone over the two and a half hours she was at the cafe. The waitress said that such behavior was memorable.
Authorities confirmed that the suspect returned to Chile on December 13.
Fuij News Network (Dec. 31) learned that the suspect had been entering and exiting from his residence, an apartment in a luxurious 16-story building, until recently.
The Chilean man was also away from his residence for about one or two weeks beginning late last month, Nippon News Network reported (Dec. 31). “But I don’t know where he went during that period,” the man connected with running the apartment told the network.
French authorities have enlisted help from INTERPOL to track down the suspect, but are now planning to dispatch investigators to Chile and work with Chilean authorities due to a lack of an extradition treaty with the country.
A Chilean man suspected by French police of killing a missing Japanese exchange student was spotted in the neighborhood of his home in Santiago, Chile, Fuji News Network reported on Saturday (Dec. 31), amid efforts by local authorities to comb through security camera footage to track him down.
A person involved in running the residence of the suspect wanted in the disappearance of Narumi Kurosaki, 21, says that he was present as recently as Friday before he departed in the morning by car. He has not returned.
“He’s been living here for five or 10 years,” the person said. “He lives alone but sometimes a female relative will show up.”
Kurosaki, a Tokyo native currently enrolled at the University of Franche-Comte in the city of Besancon, located in eastern France, went missing after she ate at a restaurant on December 4 with the suspect, a Chilean male in his 20s who is her former boyfriend.